Install System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Technical Preview

In my Lab example, I am using the following:

  • Windows Server Technical Preview
  • SQL Server 2014

These have been setup as per my previous guides.

IMPORTANT: In order to evaluate the System Center Technical Preview, you MUST be using the Windows Server Technical Preview, and SQL Server 2014; as per the following TechNet article:

Install SCDPM

Start by copying the EXE file into the SCVMM VM. As of this writing, the Technical Preview EXE is labelled as “en_system_center_technical_preview_data_protection_manager_x86_x64_5650540.exe“.

Start by running the EXE, on the first screen, click Next.

SCDPM vNext - 01 - Setup Wizard

On the Select Destination Location screen, specify the location that you want the files to be extracted to, then click Next.

SCDPM vNext - 02 - Location

On the Ready to Extract page, click Extract.

SCDPM vNext - 03 - Ready To Extract

Once the extract is complete, click Finish.

SCDPM vNext - 04 - Finished Extract

Now, navigate to the extraction location, and run the Setup.exe file.

On the Welcome page, click Next.

SCDPM vNext - 05 - Splash Screen

On the License Terms page, accept the agreement and then click OK.

SCDPM vNext - 06 - License Terms

On the Welcome screen, click Next.

SCDPM vNext - 07 - Welcome

On the Prerequisites Check page, choose what type of database DPM will use; either a stand-alone SQL Server, or a clustered SQL Server. Basically, will it use a local SQL install or a remote install. Since we are doing this in a lab, I will choose the ‘Use stand-along SQL Server’ option, and use a local SQL instance on the DPM server.

Make your choice and then click Check and Install.

SCDPM vNext - 08 - Prerequisites Check

The Prerequisites Check will check the system for any issues preventing installation. If there are issue, you will need to resolve them prior to being able to continue with the installation. Once you are able to continue, click Next.

SCDPM vNext - 09 - Prerequisites Check Passed

On the Product Registration page, enter a User Name, and Company, then click Next. Unfortunately, I am not aware of any way to install an evaluation version of the application, although all other System Center products provide this option.

SCDPM vNext - 10 - Product Registration

On the Installation Settings page, you can specify the location to install DPM. Make any changes required and then click Next.

SCDPM vNext - 11 - Installation Settings

On the Microsoft Update Opt-In page, choose if you want to include the product in Microsoft Updates, then click Next.

SCDPM vNext - 12 - Microsoft Update

On the Customer Experience Improvement Program page, you can choose if you want to join the CEIP program or not. Make your choice and then click Next.

SCDPM vNext - 13 - CEIP

On the Summary of Settings page, review the selections/choices made, and then click Install.

SCDPM vNext - 14 - Summary

Once the installation is complete, click Close.

SCDPM vNext - 15 - Installation Complete

Once the Data Protection Manager Setup wizard is closed, it will automatically launch Windows Update and check for updates.

The SCDPM console will launch. Navigate around the various areas.

Congratulations, you have now successfully installed the System Center Data Protection Manager Technical Preview.

As you can see from the About screen, the version of SCDPM, even though it shows “System Center 2012 R2”, the version is: 4.3.1012.0 (whereas the actual 2012 R2 product is version 4.2.1235.0).

SCDPM vNext - 16 - About

At this point, I haven’t noticed anything new/different with the product. However, as the product is updated, I will keep you informed of any interesting and important changes.

For further information about the System Center Technical Preview, here is the link to the Features Removed In System Center Technical Preview, and the Release Notes For System Center Technical Preview.